The Altus Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100 held a meeting on April 22, to plan for the Cowboy Cookout “new comers” dinner event.
The Committee of 100 hosts four receptions each year for Altus Air Force Base airmen that are new to Altus including new airment, students, and military members returning from deployment and their families.
The next event is the Cowboy Cookout scheduled for Monday, May 19, 5:30 p.m. at the Lucas Farms south of Altus.
Eva Letha Lucas, the Altus Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100 Chairman, cited their purpose as “maintaining and further cultivating our excellent relationships with the men and women of Altus Air Force Base.” The committee’s vision is “that all newcomers to Altus will feel like they are at home during their assignment to Altus.”
The Committee of 100 was formed in 1984 while Linda Copeland was Chairman of the Board of the Altus Chamber of Commerce. The Purpose of the Committee of 100 is to welcome newcomers, students and those returning from the war effort and their families.
The Committee of 100 is made up of 100 business men and women in our community who pay an added amount over and above their chamber membership to defray the costs of the four (quarterly) receptions and dinners the committee hosts. Over the years the committee members have entertained 31,800 individuals and their children.
Many leaders from the Pentagon have given accolades to Altus because of this program. Most recently Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh III remarked about this program.
People who would like to participate in the Committee of 100 may call the Chamber of Commerce office at (580) 482-0210.